Title: Trust and Control
Author: Remmy Duchene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 14th Nov, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Best friends to lovers
Page Count: 188
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Wealthy real estate mogul Christophe Lafavre has everything—except any love life to speak of. Though he has a brilliant head for business, when it comes to relationships, he’s often left fumbling in the dark.
To put a stop to the whispers about his pitiful social life, Christophe takes a suggestion from a friend and goes to a club on masquerade night. There, he meets an elusive hottie who calls himself Raj, and though Christophe cannot see Raj’s face, there’s definitely a connection. Over the phone and online, Christophe and Raj get to know each other. Their conversation is easy and arousing. It’s hard for Christophe to believe the strength of the feelings he’s developing toward a man who is still essentially a stranger, but he can’t get Raj out of his head. They eventually give in to their physical longing—but still Raj refuses to show his face or divulge his identity.
When it comes, the revelation will rock Christophe’s world and redefine more than one relationship in his life.
“Trust and Control” by Remmy Duchene combines two tropes which I am an absolute fan of: “Best friends to lovers” and “masquerade/secret lover”. There’s really something sexy about trusting someone enough to get over your inhibitions and just feeling without getting your head involved. So yeah I was totally sold on the “meeting a secret lover in a masquerade party” plot line. I was not disappointed on that front at all. I loved how the author spins the mystery of the alluring Raj until everything gets cracked open. Plus that hot as hell restaurant sex was the perfect icing on the “mystery cake”. But that’s the end of the best part of the story because as soon as the veil comes up, the story loses its steam completely.
Christophe LaFavre frustrated me extremely. He is a thinker and does not know how to let loose. His behaviour after knowing the identity of his “mystery man” was confusing. I get that he was angry for being deceived but even after everything gets resolved and he sorta shacks up with his mystery man, he is still unsure of how he feels about the man that if he loves him or not. Boy, was he the epitome of “the biggest indecisive character” that I have ever read about.
The second part of the story is all about angst and longing and finally Christophe and “mystery man’s” HEA. I won’t give out the identity of the “mystery man” but I would like to say that I liked him best out of the couple. He was sure about his feelings and was always up front about what he wants. I like a man who knows what he wants and combine that with him being a sexy hunk who knows how to crank up the heat in the bed and I was a complete goner. So if you can endure the frustrating push and pull by Christophe then please stick around to fall in love with Raj.
On a side note, being an Indian I could not let go of the errors in the hindi language used here. It’s “Muje samajh mein nahin aata” rather than “Main samajh mein nahin aata”. Also there are various gender mistakes in the few sentences used. Christophe making the mistakes was understandable but Raj making the same mistakes felt odd and unreal.
Overall if you are looking for a quick read and a fan of “mystery man/best friends to lovers” then read this book for sure. The steam in this book was super hot and would hopefully compensate for the “not so exciting” second half of the book.